Not quite "Stairways to Heaven", but totally unique and extremely stylish structures nonetheless
There are other compilations of unique shelf designs, as we are in no way alone in liking visually outstanding and effective ideas in interior design - but bookshelves hold a special place in our hearts... oh, such a special place! First of all, they contain books, a deeply comforting amount of books that we will never be able to read in its entirety in our lifetimes.
(images via 1, 2; bottom right is the "Coiled Serpent Book" - more info)
Second, it is one of the very first desires of human spirit to climb the "stairs" and reach the unattainable (or lost) kind of Paradise, so called "inner peace" - starting all the way from Tower of Babel, and continuing through Jacob's Ladder to our current fascination with "skyscrapers": in every case, there is a sort of stepped structure (filled with knowledge at every level) which ultimately leads to inner satisfaction, or so the story goes. The "stairs and ladders" part of this sentiment we will cover in the next article, but today we'll see some lovely stacked bookshelves and some inspiring home library set ups.
Book shelves, book cases and library stands satisfy on many levels: they contain loads of potentially fascinating knowledge, and they beckon by their very presence to come and partake of their contained wisdom - and be inspired by their fantastic forms in the process. "Fantastic forms", that is, if we consider some of the spectacular designs presented on these pages.
The Most Amazing Reading Adventures: Starring the Most Amazing Bookshelves!
Perhaps not very practical, but totally radical and great in every art studio is this Neverending shelving unit from Luca Nichetto:
This mind-bending bookshelf is based on the "Impossible Fork" illusion 9see on the image below right). It's been designed by John Leung from ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects- and fittingly called the “Bias of Thoughts”
The lovely kid's reading corner in the right image above is done by Thrifty Decor Chick, where you can find the detailed instructions how to make it yourself. Below you can see the The Cave Bookshelf, designed by Sakura Adachi:
The bottom right image above is another "book chair" that you can order here. Love book chair idea? Makes sense for those who want to keep their library close to their reading space... here are some more designs like this:
(images via 1, 2, the recycled book sconce light is via)
... and a few not as functional designs - rather sculptures, good perhaps for your living space visual appeal:
First, you have to weigh in your "READ" pile vs. "UNREAD" pile... and decide is it even possible to catch up? - Bookshelf by Niko Economids. If you have a bunch of books "unread", then it is easier just to hang them from the ceiling (just like on the image far right) than to go ahead and read them:
On the right image above is the "The Myth of Sisyphus" design by Bruno Petronzi. And for more neatness in organizing things check out this Tumbler site
Finally, here is a fun question, can you tell which image is real and which has been Photoshopped? -
Well, obviously, the one with books bent all out of whack is Photoshop. That was easy. On the left, by the way, is the gorgeous Italian Sherwood Bookcase, which is a clear winner in our books.
For further inspiration and hours of browsing, we invite you to visit Bookshelf Porn website (which has nothing to do with porn, of course, and plenty to offer a curious booklover). In the next article in the series we will highlight some stairs and ladders that will lead to... more bookshelves, filled in turn with... more books, containing in turn more knowledge... well, you get the idea.
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